Year 3 Blog

Welcome to the Year 3 blog. Find out what our classes have been up to lately!

Literacy

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This week in literacy year three have been gaining an understanding of the water cycle. This has involved children undertaking their own research and then using role play to act out the water cycle process. Next week children will apply their understanding to write an explanation text. They will be using lots of time openers and causal conjunctions in their writing. Here are some pictures of their performances.

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Practical Maths

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Year Three have dusted off the practical equipment in maths this week! They have been using base ten to show their deeper understanding of division before they moving onto the bus stop method. The children worked hard to explain their answers and prove whether Captain Conjecture was correct.

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Step back in time

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This week Year Three took a step back in time when they visited the Black Country Museum. This was linked to our topic "Blast From The Past". We were lead through the museum by three very knowledgeable tour guides, they explained all about what like was like in Britain in the past. We got to visit a school, the mines and lots of houses and shops. The guides told us lots of facts and lots of interesting information. This will help us when we are doing our topic lessons this half term. It was a brilliant school trip were we all learnt lots.

Birmingham Royal Ballet Visit

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Our children from Year 1 and Year 3 have been fortunate enough to work with visiting members of the Birmingham Royal Ballet in four different dance workshops.

Visiting Dance Artist Jenny Murphy and Pianist Andrew Kristy lead the sessions based on the company's current production of 'Coppelia'. The children found out all about the characters from the ballet and were able to have a go at taking on the role of the clockwork doll, magician and old man. The pupils created their own performances to share at the end of the workshop.

Mrs Duckers, Mrs Slassor, Mrs Charles, Mrs Edwards and Mr Worth all enjoyed participating in the workshops with several members of staff taking the opportunity to try on a beautiful costume from the company's production of 'Sleeping Beauty'!

Budding Young Artisits

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This week Year Three have been lucky enough to have a special visitor. Chris Ryder is a caricature artist and she came in for a two hour workshop with the children. All of the children got to develop their drawing skills, with a special emphasis on the face. She gave the children tips and tricks for drawing eyes, noises and hair. The children had lots of fun and enjoyed drawing funny, sad and evil faces! During the workshop they even got to watch the artisit draw an image using an iPad and a special app. 

At the start of the week Year Three also got to spend the whole day cuting and sewing their tie dye t-shirts that were inspired by the 1960s fashion. The children showed lots of perserance practising thier running stitch. 

The Big Bang!

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On Wednesday we all became young scientists when we visited The Big Bang Science Fair at the NEC! The Big Bang Fair is an award-winning combination of exciting theatre shows, interactive workshops and exhibits. We all really enjoyed watching the first main show, it was full of guts and gore! We even got to see the inside of somebodies stomach! Throughout the day we visited lots of stalls including ones with bugs, virtual headsets and magical magnets.

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World Book Day 2017

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On Thursday we had a great day celebrating World Book Day! We all looked brilliant in our costumes. There were witches, wizards, bears and much, much more! The Year Three theme this year was Beatrix Potter.

Throughout the day we got to complete lots of exciting activities linked to maths, literacy and art. The activities included: planting (carrot, radish and lettuce) seeds for a Beatrix Potter garden, writing setting descriptions, designing a new coin and sketching animals.

 

 

Watercolour Wave Paintings

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We explored the painting "The Great Wave" by Katsushika Hokusai.

We used watercolours and different painting techniques to create our own wave paintings. We learned that sometimes painting the surface of the paper in water first gives a pale wash effect.

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This week we have also explored our Wonderful World by finding out about human and phsical features. We looked at different landmarks around the world.

 

Year 3 Song for Class Assembly

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Please practise this at home - it's very fast so remember to say the words clearly!

class song - 3CC

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3CC please practise your class song

Circuits

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This half term our Science topic is Electricity. We started this topic in the Phiz Lab and it was very exciting! We got to investigate circuits by predicting which ones would work and would not work. We then tested them to see if we were correct. Over the next few weeks we will also be learning about conductors and insulators.

 

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Christmas Blog

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To get our countdown to Christmas started, year 3 and 4 held a phase quiz. The phase gathered to answer some rather tricky questions in a bid to win a star prize. Mr Melville created the quiz and had been particularly clever/mean with some of his questions! The children were mixed across the phase and loved interacting with different children from other classes. Excellent behaviour was displayed at all times… well done guys!  

 

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